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Jyoti Randhawa arrested

Former European Tour pro Jyoti Randhawa was nicked on Boxing Day, along with his caddie Mahesh Virajdar, on poaching charges in the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve in his native India. According to reports, a dead fowl, skin of a wild boar, a rifle, binoculars, three empty cartridges, 80 live cartridges and more incriminating evidence was recovered from the car of 46-year-old Randhawa, who was sentenced to 14 days in jail. Randhawa was a prolific winner on the Asian Tour and reached a career high of 70th in March 2008.

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Thomas Bjorn gets inked

Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn pledged to get a tattoo if his European side regained the famous gold trophy at Le Golf National last September – and, on Christmas Eve, the Dane posted a video showing he had kept his word. Viewer discretion advised (as this contains footage of Bjorn’s backside!)

Major award for Ko

Lydia Ko became one of the
youngest people ever to be made a Member of the Order of New Zealand.
The 21-year-old former world No.1 was given the title in the New Year’s
Honours, which she described as “very humbling”.

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Sergio backs Paddy

The all-time record
points-scorer in the Ryder Cup, Sergio Garcia, backed Padraig Harrington
to succeed Thomas Bjorn as Europe’s captain for the 2020 match at
Whistling Straits. The pair have endured an often-difficult relationship
but Garcia believes Harrington is the right man for the job. “He’s been
a great Ryder Cup player for us,” Sergio told Sky Sports. “He’s played
the European Tour for so many years and I think he could be a great
Ryder Cup captain and hopefully he will be one.”

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Woods and Obama join forces

Tiger Woods and former US
president Barack Obama are believed to be involved in an ambitious
restoration of one of Chicago’s most historic golf courses. Woods will
be the lead architect in plans to combine the 18-hole Jackson Park
course and the nine0hole South Shore course into a brand new 18-hole
championship track for the ‘Windy City’. It is expected to be open for
play within three to four years


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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